13th August, 2013
Kazeem Ugbodaga&Yisa Jamiu
Former Head of State, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and ten governors were among the myriad of dignitaries that graced the 8th Fidau Prayers of Pa Ademola Fashola, father of the Governor of Lagos State.
Thousands of Lagosians had thronged the Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, venue of the Fidau Prayers to honour Pa Fashola, who died on 5 August, 2013 at the age of 80.
Most of the guests were decked in red and yellow head gears and caps while security was beefed up at the venue because of the array of dignitaries present at the occasion.
The 10 governors present at the event were Governors Adams Oshiomhole (Edo State), Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti State), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun State), Aliyu Babangida (Niger State), Muritala Nyako (Adamawa State), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State), Senator Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano State), Captain Idris Wada (Kogi State), Sule Lamido (Jigawa State) and the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere.
There were also former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; former Secretary to the Federal Government, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed; Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; members of the diplomatic corps, members of the National and State Assemblies, members of the Lagos State Executive Council and many others.
The Fidau Prayer was led by an Islamic Cleric, Alhaji Muheedeen Bello, who offered prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased as well as members of the Fashola family.
Chief Missioner, Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheik AbdulRahman Ahmad said the death of Pa Fashola was a lesson that death remained an inevitable end that everyone must face, while urging political leaders to live an examplary live and shun all forms of corruption.
He said those who craved to amass wealth for themselves would give account to God on the Day of Judgment.
“Often times, we forget about death and think of how to acquire properties. How foolish and unmindful have human beings become to remember the futility of life because death will come whether you are ready or not.
“There will be no SSS and dispatch rider, all the paraphernalia of office will be lost and you will be caught up in a serious traffic. Every leader will be brought in chains on the Day of Judgment. It is not the number of years we live that matter, but how well we live; we should always live according to Allah’s wishes and impact positively on the lives others while alive,” he said.
Juju music maestro, King Sunny Ade thrilled the crowd at the TBS with his scintillating performance as guests dance frantically to the rhythms of his music.